Asking the Question Unvarnished

At a recent strategy meeting among fellow progressive activists, Sharon and I were surprised to learn that our politically savvy friends felt that California as a whole and even our bluer-than-blue Los Angeles neighborhood was very much in play in November. Click here to see survey bar charts.

Elect the Barack Obama-Jim Webb Ticket

Jim Webb and Wife

Now that Barack Obama has emerged as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, our attention turns quickly to which running mate would most help secure victory in November and who would stand that proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency. Earlier this week, Linda Milazzo proposed on these pages the provocative and engaging choice of Caroline Kennedy. [...]

Have We Forgotten About Iraq?

Vietnam Battle Field

Now slogging through its sixth bloody year, America’s invasion and occupation of Iraq is much on my mind this Saturday afternoon. On the television in the next room, the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee ponders the Florida and Michigan delegations, just now reaching its compromise.

Light Bulbs and Laws: Will We Let Global Warming Cook Us?

David Crisp

In recent generations, the test was the Great Depression, World War II, Vietnam, and maybe the Cold War. With polar bears drowning in open Arctic waters and evermore fearsome storms spinning out of warming oceans in every corner of the globe, it’s becoming apparent that our generation’s test could well be global warming. But given [...]

The Obama Campaign Maybe We Can!

Henry Vandermeir

The 150 Democratic Party activists who gathered for the 56th Annual California Democratic Council convention this past weekend in Fresno certainly had sky-high hopes about their party’s chances in the November elections—but they had their fingers crossed behind their backs, as well. The woeful George W. Bush Administration—certainly the worst in living memory with its [...]

HSPD 12: It’s Not Rocket Science

NASA JPL Scientist Bob Nelson and Software Engineer Susan Paradise

Thwarting the Bush Administration’s latest assault on individual liberty, a small band of Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees have fought and won—at least for now—a battle against government efforts to trample their rights to privacy and indirectly limit their scientific inquiry. The assault began innocently enough. In tightening security after the September 11th attacks on the [...]

Why Am I in This Hand Basket?

Jim Hightower

Texas best-selling author and radio commentator Jim Hightower swung through Southern California this past week to ruffle a few feathers—“kick a little ass,” is what he actually said—and spread a little sunlight as the long night of the “theocratic, plutocratic, kleptocratic” Bush Administration comes to an end. Speaking to a mostly white-haired audience at Pasadena’s [...]

The Winter Soldier Returns

Fighter Pilot

What is Winter Soldier? In 1971, a group of veterans—current Massachusetts Senator John Kerry prominent among them—staged a protest called “Winter Soldier” that helped end the Vietnam War but that also unfairly saddled the Democrats with a “soft on defense” label that dogged the Party for decades.

The More Things Change: Remembering the Little Rock Nine

Terrance Roberts - Little Rock Nine 1957

(Part 1 of a 2 Part Story) For those of us of a certain age, the image is forever seared in our minds of Governor Orville Faubus blocking the doorway to Little Rock’s Central High School, flanked by members of the Arkansas National Guard, denying entrance to a group of nine black students. It was [...]

Getting Young Latinos to Vote

Young Latinos Vote

As the Democratic Party’s presidential primary season moves into the homestretch with Senators Clinton and Obama vying to match each other stride for stride, two voter groups — Latinos and the young — are playing increasingly central roles. The Latino vote in California broke heavily for Hillary Clinton, helping her win resounding victories there, while [...]

Veterans Fight to Save “Hallowed Ground”

Zev Yaroslavski

With the Iraq Occupation grinding through its fifth year, the Bush Administration and its supporters continue to trot out the “Support the Troops” bumper stickers and yellow ribbon decals at every opportunity, shaming us into wasting even more billions of dollars on a failed exercise in empire-building that keeps our soldiers in harm’s way. Meanwhile, [...]

Battling Gang Violence

Despite decades of governmental and grassroots efforts, a drumbeat of gang-related killings over the past several years, some apparently racially motivated, has driven gang violence to epidemic proportions here in Los Angeles. With gang crime rising 15.7% last year even as other types of serious crime fell, Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa has proposed appointing a gang [...]

The War Comes Home

Walter Reed Cartoon

Dick Price: The Iraq-Afghan War has taken on a sad new face as stories of shoddy health care given returning veterans began surfacing lately. Newsweek brought us up short with its coverage last month of the Minnesota veteran suffering from depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts whose runaround at the local Veterans Administration hospital ended only when he managed to hang himself.

Stormy Weather

In early February 2008 , the world’s leading scientific body on global warming issued its latest report confirming what many of us have suspected: either we do something profound about greenhouse emissions or we will make our planet uninhabitable, if not for ourselves and our children, then for their children and the generations that might [...]

Reporting for Duty in Vietnam

Chicken Hawks Talk like tough guys. They’ll send your kids to war but they never reported to duty themselves and they make sure their own kids don’t serve duty.

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